$810.00 for a “Hear Builder” Computer Software Program awarded to Wood Road. Submitted by Georgena Tallman
$633.50 for a High Definition Camcorder awarded to the high school. Submitted by Jerry Wawrzyniak
$1,194.00 for a Tetrix Robotics Kit awarded to the HighSchool. Submitted by Greg Roberts
$1,000.00 for the Community Garden Project awarded to Milton Terrace South. Submitted by Tamara McCarthy & Karin Fine
$1,215.00 for 2 CPR “Manikins” & 1 AED Training Device awarded to the High School. Submitted by Lisa Perrone & Ellen Predmore
$600.00 for Stability Balls awarded to Wood Road. Submitted by Kathy Smith
$2,200.00 for Thermal Imaging Sensors awarded to the High School. Submitted by John Balet
$1,250.00 for E-Book Collection awarded to the High School. Submitted by Marie Rossi & Peg Brady
$837.00 for a Yoga Room awarded to Milton Terrace North. Submitted by Kathleen Chaucer
$599.40 for Wind Power Science Kits awarded to the Middle School. Submitted by Valerie Valla
$2,765.00 for a Training Robot awarded to the High School. Submitted by Cindy Van Wyk
$940.00 for Flip Video Digital Camcorders awarded to Malta Avenue. Submitted by Sheila Gregoire
$437.06 for Xbox Kinnect & 3 Fitness Games awarded to Malta Avenue. Submitted by Kara Echandy & Joel Beste
$1,166.10 - “ELMO Document Cameras” ~ Awarded to Malta Avenue Elementary School. Submitted by Sheila Gregoire.
$513.52 – “Art Viewers for the Hallway” ~ Awarded to the Middle School. Submitted by Kristina Guernsey and Nicole Pieper.
$949.00 – “Interactive CD-ROMs with Corresponding Working Human Torso.” ~ Awarded to the Middle School. Submitted by Valerie Valla.
$845.00 – “Introductory Circus Arts Residency Program.” ~ Awarded to Malta Avenue. Submitted by Patricia Chakas
$4,499 – “Fit4Learning BodyBrain Deluxe Bundle “ ~ Awarded to Milton Terrace North. Submitted by Anna Nickson and Karen Van Alstine.
$1,927.00 – “Equipment for the Robotics Team” ~ Awarded to the High School. Submitted by Cindy VanWyk
With this presentation of Grants, the Ballston Spa Education Foundation has given out more than $250,000 since 1996.
Elementary teachers from the four district elementary schools received $3,457.19 in funding for NXT Robotics Kits to use in the fifth grade classrooms. Teachers receiving the awards include Megan Haessig, Jen Tetu, Angela D’Annibale, Christine Santandrea, and Kathy Constantine.
High School instructors John Balet and Katie Calhoun were awarded $925 for Gel Electrophoresis Equipment, while teachers Theresa Rousseau and James Poirier were awarded $1,926 for a Spectrometer to utilize in Physics classes.
Social Studies teachers Rick Hengsterman and Adrienne Gardner were awarded $700 for Portable Audio Equipment to use in producing podcasts and Jodi Brimhall received $800 for a Quilting Loom and Supplies.
The High School robotics team and coach Cindy VanWyk received $2,000 for tools to utilize in the annual FIRST Robotics challenge.
Check Presentation (L-R) BSEF Chairperson Christine Richardson presents the check for $9,808.19 to Ballston Spa Board of Education President Kathleen Jarvis. Also shown are Ballston Spa School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Dragone and BSEF Grants Committee member Ellen Mottola.
Current BSEF Chairperson Christine Richardson and BSEF Grants Review Committee member Ellen Mottola presented Superintendent Dr. Joseph P. Dragone and Board of Education President Kathy Jarvis with a check for $9,808.19 to fund the grant awards. The foundation will offer an additional cycle of grant awards in the spring.
The foundation’s major fundraisers include the annual “Taste of Ballston Spa” to be held on March 29, 2010 at the new Hyatt Place in Malta, NY. Over a dozen local eateries will provide samples from their menus. Also, a 5K Fun Run will be held on May 22, 2010 in Ballston Spa. Other major fundraisers include the annual fundraising appeal in the spring and the BSEF golf tournament on August 23, 2010.
The BSEF, a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation, has an IRS 501 (c) (3) designation and is registered with the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Bureau of Charities. The volunteer community members from the BSEF conduct all fundraising activities with no professional fundraisers retained. Contributions to the Ballston Spa Education Foundation may be included in estate planning.
Elementary Principals: (L-R) Milton Terrace South Principal Jeffery Palmer, Malta Avenue Principal Sharon D’Agostino, Milton Terrace North Principal Kathleen Chaucer and Wood Road Elementary School principal David Blanchard accept awards for their respective schools.
Weather Station Improvements ~ $3,630 Awarded to the Middle School & High School Science Departments to purchase additional console receivers and supporting software. Submitted by Mary Lou Stern & Matt Hoag. Principal: Kristi Jensen and Helen Stuetzel
"Old Iron Springs March" ~ $1,000 Awarded to the High School Music Department to cover composition costs for original piece to be performed by the High School Band and the Ballston Spa Community Band. Submitted by Tracy DeRagon. Principal: Kristi Jensen
Student Art Gallery~ $720 Awarded to the Middle School to create a student art gallery to showcase and exhibit works created in class. Submitted by Helen Stuetzel and Kristina Guernse. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
Courtyard Garden~ $279 Awarded to the Middle School to revitalize the garden area in the courtyard adjacent to the cafeteria. Includes planning and planting a perennial bed and the tools necessary for up-keep. Submitted by Helen Stuetzel. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
Senteo Interactive Response System~ $1,499 Awarded to the Middle School to purchase a SMART SNT Senteo Interactive Response System to allow teachers to assess students throughout a lesson. Submitted by Shawn Brinton and Kyle Noonan. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
AirLiner Slates~ $2,872 Awarded to the Middle School to purchase 8 AirLiner Slates to work in conjunction with SMART Boards . Submitted by Valerie Valla. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
Student Newspaper ~ $2,140 Awarded to the High School to start a student newspaper including software, printing and 2 digital cameras. Submitted by Tina DeFabio. Principal: Kristi Jensen
Acoustic Guitars and Storage Rack ~ $1,936 Awarded to the Middle School Music Department to purchase 10 acoustic guitars and an associated storage rack. Submitted by Crispin Catricala. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
Fuel Cell Car ~ $450 Awarded to the Middle School Technology Department to purchase a fuel cell car and related experiment kits. Submitted by Dan Vickery. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
Digital Microscopes ~ $2,900 Awarded to the Milton Terrace Primary School to purchase 4 digital microscopes. Submitted by Diane Irwin. Principal: Joe Lopez
Video Announcements ~ $1,150 Awarded to the Wood Road Intermediate School to provide equipment to start implementing video announcements. Submitted by Michael Selkis. Principal: Michael Selkis
Digital Audio Books ~ $750 Awarded to the Milton Terrace Primary School to purchase digital audio books and equipment. Submitted by Susan Penney and Joe Lopez. Principal: Joe Lopez
ELMO Projector ~ $673 Awarded to the High School Library to purchase an ELMO projector/document camera. Submitted by Marie Rossi. Principal: Kristi Jensen
Swim for the River Documentary ~ $250 Awarded to the High School Science Department. The film follows Christopher Swain as he swims the entire length of the Hudson River from the Adirondacks to New York City, documenting all the perils he encountered along with the people, agencies, industries and wilderness areas. The film includes a Teacher's Guide, web links, 9 short films on related Hudson River topics and a Resource Guide. Submitted by Mary Lou Stern. Principal: Kristi Jensen.
6 PDA and GPS units ~ $2450 Awarded to the Malta Avenue and Wood Road Intermediate Schools. Used to expand the Tech Trackers project to collaborate with students and teachers at Wood Road and replacement of some older equipment. Submitted by Sheila Gregoire, Jean Bruchac and Megan Haessig. Principals: Sharon DAgastino and Michael Selkis.
Digital Video Camera ~ $1200 Awarded to the Middle School Technology Department. Camera and required software and accessories to incorporate video editing into curriculum. Students will learn how to shoot video, edit video and import the video into a presentation. Submitted by Laurel Holland. Principal: Helen Stuetzel
School District Maps ~ $677 to Milton Terrace Primary School. Appropriately sized, easy to read, colorful and informative maps of the Ballston Spa School District for second grade inclusion class. This grant also includes plexiglass to protect a 10'x16' mural of a map of the US, Canada, Mexico and the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans. Submitted by Shirley Waterfield. Principal: Joe Lopez
NCBI Workshops ~ $1650 Awarded to the High School. National Coalition Building Institute workshop to be held at State Farm Insurance. Includes cost of transportation to workshop. Submitted by Ellen Predmore and Denise Jones. Principal: Kristi Jensen
Digital Pianos ~ $3200 Awarded to the Wood Road Music Department. 8 Digital pianos to be used in general music lcasses as part of a pilot program to increase student creativity and achievement through composition, improvisation and performance. Submitted by B. Bailey and T. Brehmer. Principal: Michael Selkis
Mural Painting ~ $200 Awarded to the Wood Road Intermediate School. Provides supplies for painting a mural in the Wood Road complex that was destroyed during asbestos abatement. Submitted by H. Christopher, H Coffey and K Brunson. Principal: Michael Selkis
Weather Station Equipment ~ $1990 Awarded to the Middle School Science Department. Equipment for a weather station will be used by students to collect actual scientific weather data, including heavy duty basic equipment for hands on experiences and a state of the art computerized weather station that can record and network data directly to classroom computers. Submitted by Valerie Valla and Kyle Noonan. Principal: Helen Stuetzel.
Portable Sound System ~ $1040 Awarded to the Middle School Health Department. Portable sound system will be used during an interactive role-playing activity that simulates teen drinking and driving and the judicial process, which is part of the seventh grade health class drug education curriculum. Submitted by Michelle Strenk. Principal: Helen Stuetzel.
TI Navigator System ~ $3588 Awarded to the High School Mathematics Department. Texas Instruments Navigator System, which can integrate the students graphing calculators through a hub, which would then allow the instructor control of all the calculators to more closely monitor each students progress during a lesion and also to project a split screen to allow the entire class to view classmates work. Submitted by Jim Weed. Principal: Kristi Jensen.
Elmo TT-02 Projector/Document Camera ~ $825 Awarded to Malta Avenue School. For use in library/media center and portable enough to use in classrooms, this digital technology allows any conceivable image, as well as 3 dimensional objects, to be projected in detail to benefit students by allowing an entire class to view objects in detail together. Submitted by Marie Rossi. Principal: Sharon DAgostino.
Heart Monitors ~ $1140 Awarded to Malta Avenue School. 15 E40 Polar Heart Monitors will be used by students in physical education classes to monitor heart rates during different types of physical activity. This grant will help complete a classroom set of heart monitors that the PE Department at Malta obtained through a school health index grant last year. Submitted by Kara Echandy. Principal: Sharon DAgostino.
Video Production Studio ~ $1155 Awarded to Malta Avenue School. Equipment includes a video camcorder, external mic and 5 flash drives to be used in conjunction with already existing software to allow students to create video productions in all areas of curriculum that can be shared with the entire school through broadcast on existing screen in each classroom. Submitted by Sheila Gregoire and Angelo DAnnibale. Principal: Sharon DAgostino.
Mimio Board ~ $1400 Awarded to the High School History Department. Interactive computer technology allows the teacher and students to expand the use of computers and internet technology in a hands on style. Submitted by Daniel Hornick.
Spanish Games and Activities ~ $1147 Awarded to the Middle School Language Department. Games and activities to reinforce vocabulary and grammar skills for Spanish students in a hands on style. Submitted by Sarah Albrycht.
Graphing Calculators ~ $3425 Awarded to the Middle School Mathematics Department. Gives students experience with the explorations of graphs, functions and trigonometry. Submitted by Andrew Muller.
SMART Boards ~ $3639 Awarded to the Milton Terrace Primary School. Interactive computer technology allows the teacher and students to expand the use of computers and internet technology in a hands on style. Submitted by Deanie McCarthy and Kate Wanerka.
ROBO Technology Sets ~ $3109 Awarded to the Middle School Technology Department. Creative technology using design skills to make automated projects. Submitted by Daniel Vickery.
Cell Models ~ $619 Awarded to the Middle School Science Department. The model of a cell will allow students to manipulate and to view the cellular structure in a more realistic manner than a two dimensional image. Submitted by Valerie Valla.